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Nick Saban gets irked by Pat White-recruiting question

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Nick Saban didn't take kindly to a reporter's question about Alabama's recruitment of Pat White.

Nick Saban wasn't the Alabama coach when future West Virginia quarterback Pat White was being recruited, but that didn't stop a reporter Thursday from asking about White's recruitment to Alabama.

Saban got a bit testy when he was questioned.

White, who is from Mobile, Ala., said on Facebook that he was offered a Corvette by Alabama during the recruiting process; he was part of the 2004 recruiting class. When a reporter brought up the Facebook post, Alabama associate athletic director Jeff Purinton interrupted and said Saban was not with the program at the time of White's recruitment. Saban still responded anyway. "I didn't even know it happened," Saban said. "So I can't comment on it. ... Is that the best thing we can talk about? ... Kiss my ass."

First, some background on why the question was asked.

Current Alabama running back Derrick Henry posted a picture of himself with a Dodge Challenger on his Instagram account Tuesday, calling it his "new baby."

The picture, in turn, led to White -- who was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009 and now plays in the CFL -- to post this on Facebook: "Stop pretending like you didn't know the crimson tide has been doing this for years. Still glad I turned down a Corvette to become a mountaineer."

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White is from Mobile, Ala., and signed with West Virginia when Rich Rodriguez was coach. Mike Shula -- now the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator -- was Alabama's coach at the time, and Saban was at LSU.

White had a great senior season at Mobile's Daphne High. Scout.com, one of the main recruiting services at the time, shows an Alabama offer to White. Then-Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods told the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News that White was not offered by Alabama and the recruiting database at Rivals.com doesn't show an Alabama offer. But a story written by a staff member at Rivals.com's Alabama-specific site in December 2003 says White was offered and that Alabama was "pushing hard for a commitment."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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